Contra gentes, and De Incarnatione by Athanasius, Robert W. Thomson

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Contra Gentes; De Incarnatione

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They give no indication of divinity, but are completely inanimate and appear as they are only by virtue of human skill. And if only the heralds and prophets of such false gods, I mean the poets and historians, had simply written that they were gods, and had not also described their deeds-which prove their lack of divinity and shameful behaviour. For they could have cheated the truth with the mere title of divinity, or rather led astray the masses from the truth. But now by relating the loves and debaucheries of Zeus, and the pederasty of the others, and their rivalry for the pleasures of women, and their fears and cowardice and other vices, they do nothing other than refute themselves that they are not only not speaking of gods, nor even about respectable!

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He did not reckon in his heart or reckon in his soul or know in his mind that the half of it he had burned with fire and cooked bread on its charcoal-and roasting meat he ate-and the rest a7rOOOS ~ ofit he made into an abomination and they worship it. 1. \ aV7WV. -" a OaL TYJV LOE7E, KaL OVK EpEL7E, 07L 'f'EVOOS ashes, and they go astray, and no one can save their souls. La ETrolYJI)E, Kat 7rpOaKVVovaLV aUTO. LOV. , condemned by the Divine Scripture of impiety not be judged by all to be atheists?

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